The filmmakers behind a new documentary film (Back to Gürün) about the Armenian Genocide have just launched a campaign on the fundraising website Indiegogo.com to “Raise24K in 24Days” in April to finance its completion.
Back to Gürün, directed by Adrineh Gregorian, was the Directors Across Borders award-winning project at the 2011 Golden Apricot International Film Festival and was filmed throughout Turkey this year with the permission of the Turkish government.
Back to Gürün explores the filmmaker’s attempt to showcase how dialogue between two individuals differs from that of their respective countries, Armenia and Turkey, whose diplomatic ties are severed and borders are closed. This critical film is especially timely as April 24, 2015 will mark the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
In light of recent events and the political climate, the film explores whether honest dialogue can exist when there is true fear to discuss the truth. It’s an exclusive inside look into Turkish censorship and institutional denial, a product of the Turkish Penal Code’s Article 301, which criminalizes discussing the Genocide. Through a conversation with journalist Hasan Cemal, grandson of the Young Turk leader Cemal Pasha, the film uncovers a deeper level of the notion of Turkish-Armenian dialogue and the obstacles they face.
The idea to use online fundraising sites is the latest strategy many filmmakers are using to fund their independent films. According to their site, “Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform where people who want to raise money can create fundraising campaigns to tell their story and get the word out.
With your help, they’d like to spread information about the film and the fundraising campaign in order to bring this critical story to the widest audiences around the world. In the first two days alone, the film has received contributions from the UAE, Australia, Armenia, India, Russia, Canada, the US, and Turkey.
Back to Gürün’s Indiegogo project runs through April 30 11:59PST. If the goal isn’t met by the end of the run, then no funds change hands. Those interested in supporting the project should visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/backtogurun.
In addition to funds received from the Eurasia Partnership Foundation grant, the film has been financed by dedicated crew members donating their time and talent. Funds raised will be used to complete the project by this summer. The film is developed under the framework of Directors Across Borders and is set to premiere at the Golden Apricot Armenian International Film Festival in July 2012 and the Istanbul International Film Festival in April 2013.